drank Santa's Secret by DAVIDsTEA
22 tasting notes

Day 24 DavidsTea 24 Days of Tea advent calendar – Santa’s Secret. This should be the last day of the advent calendar write-ups, but for me it’s not. I’m about 8 teas behind still — busy holiday season! I have not even brewed them up yet, so this train will keep on going for a few days. I did want to at least have the ‘last’ of the 24 teas on the right day, so here we are with Santa’s Secret.

I’m putting it down as recommended because it’s good. There’s nothing wrong with it, and a few things right, but it also didn’t wow me. It’s just good. This is one of those extremely rare times (as in this is probably the first time I have ever thought this) that I think DT could have taken it a little further. More often their teas go too far and get over-stuffed with ingredients. This one might have done nicely with a little more spice in the mix, but I’m a spice fan, plain and simple.

The mint is not as overpowering as the candy cane shape of the sprinkles implies and it’s got a nice base with the vanilla. I’m definitely picking up chocolate-y notes too. Best with a little milk to give it the creaminess it needs. Festive holiday brew that would be a nice warm-up all winter long. That said, it’s not one I’ll personally ever buy.

Flavors: Chocolate, Peppermint, Vanilla

200 °F / 93 °C 4 min, 0 sec 2 tsp 16 OZ / 473 ML

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Tea lover, number cruncher, gin reaper, clown wrangler.

New to the world of tea, only been drinking it regularly for 2 years and spent the 1st year mostly just enjoying a few nice oolongs from a sampler someone gifted me and the odd breakfast assam, not experimenting really at all. My tastes are, overall, in tea and in life, both undeveloped and unrefined, though I have always tended towards unadulterated or, if flavoured, lighter fruity teas. Not a sweets person in general. Still discovering what I do/don’t like in the realm of tea. But when it comes to my other liquid love, gin, I do know I’m all about the herbaceous, the earthy, spice, citrus, and unexpected flavour profiles, but almost never sweet or floral. So, I’m gonna guess odds are that my taste in tea may prove to run along similar lines.

Joined Steepster largely to document my adventure into the world of potpourri dessert teas, also known as the 2017 DavidsTea 24 Days of Tea advent calendar. Bought it on a whim & am ready for a journey of … some kind. Could be delightful discovery. Could be daily disappointments. We shall see!


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